A bit of an odd day today for reason’s that I won’t go into here! I spoke to my Bethel sister, Lou, and she gave me a word and a couple of verses which I wanted to capture from the book of Daniel:
This man Daniel…has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means. (Daniel 5 v12)
“I am told you can give interpretations and solve difficult problems. If you can read these words and tell me their meaning, you will be clothed in purple robes of royal honour, and you will have a gold chain placed around your neck. You will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
Daniel answered the king, “keep your gifts or give them to someone else, but I will tell you what the writing means.” (Daniel 5 v16-17)
Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. (Daniel 6 v3)
Lou felt the significance was in the giving of the rewards to another.
I believe the interpretation to be in regards to the plans for the business. At the moment, it is a commercial venture – a limited company. We have been exploring creating the scale up as a Community Interest Company which is a social enterprise.
In the simplest of terms, the business is not there to make me rich – I don’t want the purple robes of royal honour. In my heart, I’m a social entrepreneur. This business is for the benefit of the community. It’s reason for being is profit for purpose with that profit being reinvested into the business. Daniel was blessed for his excellence of spirit in this regard and I believe that obedience to God’s word and his instruction will bring about the same blessing for me.